Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#2162 new defect

wiki.laptop.org needs a better search engine

Reported by: MitchellNCharity Owned by: walter
Priority: normal Milestone: Opportunity
Component: website Version:
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Deployments affected: Action Needed:
Verified: no

Description

The search engine used by wiki.laptop.org is seriously deficient.

There has been a long standing discussion of using a different search engine, or including a google search box on the sidebar. The last I heard, the plan is to swap search engines. And that someone was working on it.

Burned yet again, I went looking for a ticket to check on status. And didn't find a ticket. Now there is one.

I've intentionally tagged this as defect, rather than enhancement. And as priority high. The main people using the current search mechanism are visitors. Wiki "developers" cease to eat our own dog food here, and make other search arrangements. The very first time I visited the wiki, I noticed the search engine, um, was poor. This is what we are continuing to give our visitors. The people whom we hope will stay and help out.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by jg

  • Milestone changed from Untriaged to Opportunity

Are you volunteering to help?

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by MitchellNCharity

I have modified http://wiki.laptop.org/go/MediaWiki:Searchresulttext to include a link to a wiki.laptop.org-specific google search page, and the recommendation that it be used instead of wiki Search.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by MitchellNCharity

  • Priority changed from high to normal

The wiki now provides a google search box.

But the wiki search box remains. The google search is independent, rather than being integrated into the wiki. Ie, one of the possible ways to set up indexing and search on a mediawiki, is to use google, instead of installing a local search engine. This isn't that. I assume the wiki search box is linked to the same (my recollection is fuzzy here) mysql search kludge, which doesn't do stemming, etc, and basically isn't designed for search.

So the purpose of this ticket is now just to get the wiki search box made real. Because presenting users with two search boxes is less than ideal.

I'm dropping the Priority to normal, as the google box fixes the critical need that visitors be able to search the wiki. Perhaps it should be low instead.

I have no idea why adding this comment unavoidably results in # blocking deleted # blockedby deleted. I didn't touch them.

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